Welcome back from the long weekend, now just a few weeks to run and you can all zip off to the sun again
Monday was perhaps the new Independence Day, as the Euro results poured in. I worry that this word 'Independence' is being politically hijacked
So: Are you independent of mind and decision? Really? Truly?
The EU elections this weekend have thrown three major GDPUK topics into a shaft of light.
Those of you who gaze from a distance at the sheer energy of some of our more vocal members will have notice three threads of great length. One touching on that supposedly untouchable subject, matters of belief and faith, while another has been exploring the issue of the Scottish vote on Independence due to take place later this year.
Combined with the now famous histrionics of the orthodontic thread, you would be forgiven for having pressed the ‘snooze’ button.
So wake up at the back. I want you to answer a question for yourself. What does being independent mean to you?
Mr Farage is celebrating scoring some points in what is normally a three horse race, by arguing for the UK’s independence, and arguing against the £12Bn net spend to the EU every year.
As dentists, we pride ourselves on being independent – in practice, in thought and in action.
Ask 10 dentists a question to which the answer is Yes or No and you will get 20 different answers.
But are we independent? Really? Truly? Where is the fine line between that and bloody mindedness?
If you practice under Government funding in any of the 4 parts of the UK, do you really feel independent? Or are you reluctantly beholden to how someone else wants you to help and practice dentistry for your patients against your better instinct??
If you are in private practice, are you one of those for whom the next big case is always the one to clear the overdraft? Therefore you are always on the lookout for some poor soul to benefit from your great skills? Or perhaps you feel you cannot practice good dentistry because of a limited private capitation funding stream not of your making?
We even have this long abused concept of Independent Practice, as though “Private Practice” could be rude and insulting perhaps? Will the BDA rinse that off for the next batch of unknown NHS England contract changes, I wonder?
Perhaps independence of thought and action is actually impossible without feeling pressurised or being selfish.
Cooperation over independence?
What dentists are masters at is cooperative action. We run or work within highly efficient micro businesses and at a moments notice we can adapt and cooperate with whomsoever requires our skills and time. The CQC roll into town – we change and adapt. A patient arrives – we change and adapt. New staff requirements develop - we change and adapt.
Long may this be the case because with EU and Scotland and a General Election, the next 18 months are going to be interesting.
That old French phrase has come to life. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
Strangely while everything around you seems to be up in the air, it takes a very strong sense of independent spirit to simply wind the windows shut and focus on your patient needs with one hand while with the other you change and adapt
So that’s why four-handed dentists have developed !!
May your June be flaming. Ta-rah for now, fellow enamel warriors